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You’ve got 3-4 days for a weekend, finally! Now, all you want is to take that special someone with you on the most romantic weekend getaway possible. Not too expensive, but certainly not “cheap.” You want amazing views, great food, and lots of magical one-on-one time with the person who makes you feel wonderful.
Well, good news! Turkey’s got some amazing destinations that are PERFECT for a romantic weekend getaway! We’ve listed the top 5, though this is by no means a comprehensive list. Read through and see which suits your fancy the most!
Kaş is a small, quaint little town that runs down a hill right onto the Turquoise Riviera. The town is lovely, clean cobbled streets of stone houses, and a small little peninsula juts out from the town overlooking Mediterranean islands and turquoise waters.
This is the perfect place to spend the day relaxing by the pool with incredible views before you, and then head out for a fantastic evening meal and maybe a touch of nightlife in the town. Nothing too crazy, but enough to share a dance or two with your partner before curling up back in your room as the waves ripple beneath you and drift off to sleep. Yeah, Kaş is amazing.
When you just want your own little slice of paradise all to yourselves, Dalyan is the spot. Find a nice spot to spend the night looking out over the King’s Tombs across from you, and spend the day taking a boat out to a virgin beach where there’s literally nobody else anywhere near, other than the caretta caretta loggerhead sea turtles that make Dalyan their spawning grounds. Snorkel or dive with the turtles, just the two of you, and enjoy an piece of beautiful beach all to yourself.
The town itself is perfect for a late-night stroll, with restaurants and cafés open late and stores open as well, the small main street is perfect for walking hand-in-hand back to your room and curling up together.
If you’re looking for a weekend right out of fairytales, then you’ve found your spot. A hot air balloon over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia as the sun rises before you is one of the world’s most breathtaking sights. There’s no better place to propose or share a special romantic moment with someone than hundreds of feet in the air above a place that doesn’t look like it could possibly be the planet Earth.
The towns of Cappadocia are quaint and locals are friendly, and active couples can find endless numbers of things to do if you’re looking for more than just sea and sun. Cappadocia is a true hotbed of culture, and it’s a great place if you’re looking for a getaway unlike anything you can find anywhere else in the world.
Want to REALLY get away? Datça may be a peninsula, but it feels like an island and features possibly the most secluded coves anywhere on the Mediterranean. At coves like Günlük Bükü or Aktur Coves, the water is as still as if it were a pool, and the same turquoise color as well. You’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from it all, while still actually being just a few hours from the airport you flew in to! To get away from everything, there’s no place as great as the Datça Peninsula.
Finally, what could be more Romantic than a Bosphorus tour leaving from the Historic Peninsula, passing by the Hagia Sophia, the Galata Tower, the Maiden’s Tower, and so much more! Istanbul is one of the world’s most beautifully situated cities, and everywhere you go you’ll find incredible views over the deep blue of the Bosphorus.
As one of the world’s great metropolises, if you’re looking for an evening with a great meal, the cinema, the theater, or anything else, Istanbul has it all and is one of the world’s greatest retreats for an incredible romantic getaway weekend.
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